Below listed are the major careers one could pursue in the field of Defence & Law Enforcement followed by required qualifications, career path to adopt, expected salaries, local and global demand and list of Institutions that are offering relevant courses.
Who would not like a uniformed service such as Defence, Police, Fire Services, etc. These career options come with a sense of service orientation and pride that many other careers cannot offer. Person with interest to serve nation directly offering skills and abilities would show inclination towards these fields. Even though the general awareness on available career options is minimum, with improving Indian standards and advent of new generation talent into these fields are increasing the demand for these career options. There are several interdisciplinary career positions such as Forensic psychologist, Ballistic examiner, Security Analyst, Criminologist, Military Engineering Services, Investigation officers, and many other in armed forces.
Minimum bachelor’s degree where the subjects or specialization depending on the field one would be interested, however in most cases Arts would be fine. For instance, consider Fire officer position which is currently in demand, however a niche field with few institutions offering certification programs.
Being a service oriented career option and mostly associated with government organizations one should be ready to adopt to the relevant culture and working styles. You daily work and actions would directly affect and improve the lives of the society. Private industry is eagerly seeking professionals with relevant experience to work with them in the positions such as personal Pilots, Security officers, Investigation officers, Fire and Safety, etc., offering high packages.
Bachelor’s degree related to the career option you are aiming for; mostly Arts. For NDA, it is 10+2 with Math and Physics as compulsory subjects. Physical fitness and clean track record would be other essential aspects.
Attention to detail, Critical thinking, Usage of equipment, Memory skills, Interpersonal skills.
In the government section, the starting package would be around INR 2L to 4L plus additional benefits which would increase upto INR 20L depending the department and specialization. This could increase multiple folds in case one opts to work with private sector.